Doctors at the civic-run KEM Hospital in Parel successfully transplanted a liver to a 52-year old woman, the fifth this month and the 33rd this year in Mumbai.
Meanwhile, a sixth cadaver donation of the month at PD Hinduja, Mahim, saved the lives of three end-stage organ failure patients on Friday night. The transplant at KEM Hospital cost
Rs5 lakh, which is nearly one-sixth of a private hospital’s fee.
The recipient had been on the Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee’s waitlist for the last six months and is doing well, said doctors. According to Dr Avinash Supe, dean, KEM Hospital, the procedure was primarily cheaper because doctors’ fee and hospital admission charges were far less than that of private ones.
Supe added that Prashant Bagde, 53, the donor from Chiplun, was declared brain dead on June 16 after a road accident. “The donor’s medical test evaluation suggested that we could not use the heart and the kidneys, but the liver was in good condition,” said Supe.
Doctors performed the transplant early in the morning on June 17 . “In this case, we conducted the abdominal autopsy of the patient, within the ICU, so that the family was not inconvenienced,” said Supe.
Normally, the patient is taken to the forensic department for an autopsy.
At Hinduja hospital, the family of 44- year-old Priti Sanghavi, a Dadar resident, decided to donate her liver, kidneys, skin and eyes. While one kidney was used for a transplant at the hospital, the other was sent to Nanavati Hospital in Vile Parle and the liver to Global Hospitals in Parel.
In grief, 2 sons take a bold decision
For 16-year-old Vaibhav Sanghvi and his eight-year old brother Ravi, the decision to donate their mother’s organs was a tough one.
However, after his family members explained to them the concept of cadaver donations, the duo agreed.
Vaibhav’s mother Priti was declared brain-dead on Friday night after she suffered an intracranial hemorrhage. She had lost her husband to a heart-attack in 2006. “My mother had studied Masters of Education from Gujarat University. Although she was qualified to be a teacher, she started helping families with cooking so that she could spend more time with my brother and me,” said Vaibhav, a student of Modern English School, Dadar, who gave his Class 10 board exam this year and scored 96%.
Vaibhav added that his mother came from an agricultural family from a Gujarat village near Gandhinagar and was fond of sports.
“She was also selected for state-level Kabbadi, but she did not take it up,” recalled Vaibhav. A relative of the family said that the decision to donate the organs was completely taken by sons. “I hope more people understand the concept to cadaver donations, so that people with end-stage organ failures can be helped.”